According to the latest Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board estimate, almost 50% of the Scottish potato crop was still in grower-held stores at the end of January. The total volume of potatoes in British grower’s stores stood at 2.11 million tonnes, 39% of total production. This is 47.400 tonnes less than in January 2020, but 40.860 tonnes more than the five-year average. Of this, 61% is already sold, as either pre-season contracts or forward sales.
Thescottishfarmer.co.uk quoted senior analyst for potatoes at AHDB, Alice Bailey, as saying: “While there was a slight uplift in production in Scotland, much of the Scottish area is grown for seed production. Therefore, slower seed sales may account for some of this volume. There have been reports that many growers delayed their seed orders this year whilst deciding what to plant, seemingly awaiting some positive news for the industry as the coronavirus story pans out.”
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